Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is joining the list of retailers hiring thousands of workers nationwide for the holiday season.

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The largest U.S. department store chain operator by retail sales plans to hire approximately 86,000 seasonal associates for its Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers across the country for the holiday season this year.

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is hiring more seasonal associates this year. The company hired approximately 83,000 seasonal associates in 2013.

Macy’s strives to provide high-level of customer service

In a statement, Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) emphasized that the company strives to welcome and serve its customers with a “consistently high-level of care and attention.”

According to Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is first offering its existing associated with the opportunity to work extra hours during the holidays, and it is supplementing its workforce with seasonal hires.

“All of our associates enjoy a special experience working in our fast-paced business during this festive time of the year,” said Lundgren.

Macy’s seasonal hiring plan

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) plans to hire around 1,125 associates to interact with customers through telephone, e-mail and online chat at its customer service center in Mason, Ohio; Clearwater, Florida; Tempe, Arizona and St Louis, Missouri.

The department store chain operator said it would assign approximately 3,000 workers to the fulfillment areas of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores. They will be responsible in filling and shipping orders to customers and supporting the buy online pickup service of the stores.

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) will also hire more than 850 workers across the United States to support its 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other important holiday events.

Approximately 10,000 out of the 86,000 seasonal associates will work on the company’s direct-to-consumer fulfillment mega centers.

Lundgren said, “These seasonal positions represent much-needed jobs for America, and they fill an important niche in the employment spectrum.” Lundgren added that Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is hiring working students to help pay their tuition, retirees who want to remain active and individuals who want to earn additional income.

Other retailers hiring seasonal workers

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) announced their plan to hire 70,000 and 60,000 seasonal workers, respectively. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) plans to hire 67,000 temporary workers for the holiday season.

Last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) hired 55,000 temporary workers while Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) employed over 50,000 seasonal associates.